The oldest copy isn't the original. Who knows what was on that.
Fun fact, as I posted in the original thread about this that lexi linked: In Common Greek, the language of the New Testament, numbers were written differently. The Ancients didn't have a decimal number system. Instead, the Greeks used letters as numbers, with a special mark over them to signify that they should be taken as numbers. The number we write as "666" was actually written χξς'. (Hope that prints. It's the Greek letters chi = 600, xi = 60, stigma = 6.) Or sometimes it was just written out in full, like we would write "six hundred and sixty six".
Not three sixes in a row; three different symbols. The Ancients wouldn't have understand why we see 666 when we see three 6's. They'd say, okay, I see a six, but where's the sixty, and where's the six hundred?
"616" would be χις'. (Chi, iota, stigma.)
Edited by reprobate (12/27/07 09:09 PM)